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Former Head of Crimean Tatar Mejlis: 22 people missing, 4 dead in Crimea under Russian occupation

Some 22 people have disappeared in Crimea and over 200 searches were carried on in homes of Crimean Tatars and in cultural institutions, said President's Commissioner for the Rights of the Crimean Tatars, former head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Mustafa Dzhemilev
Former Head of Crimean Tatar Mejlis: 22 people missing, 4 dead in Crimea under Russian occupation

“22 of our people are missing … Most of them are Crimean Tatars, but there are three Ukrainians among them,” Dzhemilev said at a press conference on Wednesday in Kyiv, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

Four of those missing were found dead later, Dzhemilev said, noting that local authorities have not taken any steps to search for the missing.

“During two years of Crimean occupation by Russia over two hundred searches were carried on in homes of Crimean Tatars, schools and mosques,” Dzhemilev said.

The reasons given for the searches were dubious. The included alleged possession of weapons and so-called forbidden literature, the latter being any non-Russian publications, Dzhemilev added.

It should be recalled that today the Russian court postponed hearing on Crimean Tatar Mejlis ban until April 15. Mustafa Dzhemilev said that the ban of Mejlis by Russia should be regarded as a ground to increase international sanctions against Russia.